Images: A look inside Windows Vista beta

Images: A look inside Windows Vista beta

Summary: Testers have been dissecting the beta version of Microsoft's next big OS since late July. Here's a look at some of the features you might end up using.


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  • If you long for familiar screens, such as those of Windows XP, they're still there within Vista. Here's the "classic" Control Panel. Note how much more detail about each task is available in this updated view.

  • The improved graphics capabilities shine in the My Computer screen, with brightly colored graphs and graphics to illustrate the current state of your system.

  • Although Microsoft bowed to market pressure and is releasing a version of Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2, IE 7 for Vista remains one of the key selling points for this new operating system.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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